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Bright as he is, Shaw took on an intellectual challenge last year that he would just as soon never tackle again. In his first year as a Division I head coach, he voted in the USA Today poll.
Shaw reflected on that memory Tuesday during a teleconference of Pac-12 football coaches.
"I don't want to be a voter again because I think it's impossible," he said.
Someone should write that down, run off copies and send one to every Division I conference commissioner and university president while they're still trying to figure out what the college football postseason will look like when the BCS contracts expire after the 2013 season.